Beignets in the City

September 9, 2011

Here is another San Francisco snapshot for you. This time I’m taking you on the journey of my Sunday spent walking (and walking and walking) around the picturesque areas of the City. Aside from walking I also took a lot of pictures. And ate Beignets. But we’ll get to the Beignets later. First, the City…

I had quite the glorious time getting lost up keen hills and around pretty corners, lusting after potential houses and imagining my would-be San Francisco life. Naturally if I lived here I would be able to eat at Tartine all I wanted…

For my brother…


There are only so many steps one can walk before needing nourishment.

Boulette’s Larder, a cafe in the Ferry Building Plaza, is famed for it’s Sunday brunch, with their Beignets garnering particular praise. And so on this Sunday in San Francisco I delighted in Cocoa Sugar dusted Beignets for lunch. Oh yes I did.

This was my first foray into the fantastic deep fried pastry dough balls that are Beignets. I knew they were associated with the Southern states of America and I knew they were fried. Other than that I was keen to learn more. And I was quite pleased with what I found in my paper bag.

These beauties were very delicious. Crisp outer coating, generously doused (doused seems a more accurate description than dusted, really) in cocoa-spiked sugar. Warm, melting batter goodness.

Granted I could only manage a few of them before my body screamed for something clean and nutritious. Enter Cherries and Greek Yoghurt.

Enjoyed while sitting on a bench outside the Ferry Building, soaking up a little Vitamin D and listening to Vampire Weekend on repeat. Happy. Happy with my Beignets in the City.

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    these photos bring back so many san fran memories for me too!

  • Hannah September 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Oh how picturesque! Mmmm those donuts remind me of churros, amazing on occasion, but I'm always craving fruit afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Blithely Unaware September 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    You popped these on instagram!! Love, love, love these photos.


  • Heidi September 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Lisa – oh good, I'm so pleased ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hannah – I've only had churros once – I think I need to do more research ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Blithely Unaware – yes! I feel bad about spamming instagram with so many pics!

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa September 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Talk about going up hill and down dale! But I find that there is no better way to really get to know the feel of a place than by hitting the pavement.

    Gosh those beignets look delicious, are they churros like, or more donut-y? Either way I imagine they are fab.

  • Hannah September 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I dream, I swoon, I thank you. I need to remember the beauty of travel right now. xoxo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Ahh what a wonderful way to pass the time. I adore beignets-although they are my dietary downfall ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Sherilyn @ Wholepromise September 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Seriously what isn't there to love about San Fran. i visited what seems like an eternity ago but loved every moment. Thanks for the post – I enjoy the read. I want to go to Tartine so bad.

  • Heidi September 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Lisa – hmmm, I think a combination of both. Crispy outer like churros but definitely donuty shape and feel. All-round deliciousness, really ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hannah – oh, glad this helped, lovely! Hoping you can travel real soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lorraine -yes, well they are mighty delicious!

    Sherilyn – thanks! Tartine is a dream ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef September 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Cocoa-spiked sugar! I guess if you lived in a city that hilly you could afford the calories though.

  • Michelle Chin September 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    i didn't know they were called beignets until recently. always called them mini doughnuts hehe

  • Heidi September 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    InTolerant Chef – haha maybe so. It was indeed a tough workout!

    Michelle – well these ones are beignets, I know there are also mini doughnuts floating around in the world too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • Jackson September 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    amazing sign

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    OMG those donuts looks amazingly delicious and bad for me… therefore extra delicious!

    <3 San Fran, such a gorgeous place, made even more gorgeous through instagram!

  • Shu Han September 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    i love your photos!

  • Girl on Raw September 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Wow you are so lucky! I dream about going to San Fran just to go to the Ferry Building. I am hoping to go next year, as I do miss my frequent work trips to the US.

  • Heidi September 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Jackson – knew you'd love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Michele – thanks lovely!

    Shu Han – aw thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Girl on Raw – the Ferry Building is rather wonderful, especially when the Farmers' Market is on! Saturday morning is busy and crazy but fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • wikigirl September 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I just got home from 2 weeks in SF, it almost feels like home now. Can you believe I didn't do any sightseeing though? I didn't get to see the golden gate bridge ๐Ÿ™ Although my lovely boyfriend picked up my future e-ring form Langs Antiques while we were there (half an hour before we had to leave apparently) :))

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